Monday, March 11, 2024

Driving in Italy, Tuscany and Umbria

 With the vast majority of tourists flying into Italy's famous capital city, Rome, the need to drive north to revel in the artistic splendour of Tuscany, and the hilly opulence that greets you in Umbria, makes a journey by any road out of Rome an integral part of any trip to Italy.

Tuscany has been the inspiration and the home to many revolutionist figures in Italian history, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Boticelli, and is also the birthplace of the Renaissance. The region now homes dozens of examples of architecture, paintings, and sculptures that capture the inspirational effect of the region.

The stunning landscapes make for an epic drive through the rolling hills, and perhaps stopping at the famous vineyards that produce the delectable Tuscan wine, which is exported throughout the world. If you are considering car hire, Holiday Autos make for a good option.

On your way through Tuscany, you may want to visit the spectacular capital of the region, Florence, a city established by Caeser in 59 B.C. There are dozens of examples of why Florence was so central to the Renaissance movement and visitors can discover, firsthand, its historic influence over Italy has a whole. The Florence Accademia and Uffizi museum are essential stops on any trip to Florence, and whilst in the city, the Santa Maria Novella Basilica, Piazzale Michelangelo, Forte di Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio and the Ponte Vecchio are a few of the many cultural gems that cannot be missed.

It is even possible to jump in your car and visit the enchanting Cinque Terra for the day, a series of beautiful coastal villages and fishing ports right on Italy’s west coast. Cinque Terra has a picturesque and magical quality that must be experienced.

On your drive back down to Rome, the small region of Umbria, just east of Tuscany is best seen on the road. The magnificent panoramas are often overlooked by the beauty of its neighbour Tuscany, but Umbria has the same inspirational qualities that made Tuscany famous.

Umbria’s capital is Perugia, and given its lakes such as Lake Trasimine, and lush forests and hills, is also known as the green heart of Italy. Umbria is also home to the city of Assisi.

For any driving trip, ensure that you have adequate car insurance, with Co-operative Insurance offering several competitive deals.

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